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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, he writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.


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Dragonfired is Coming, and a KU Update

I think we can all agree that in today’s lightning-fast, interconnected world, one site stands apart for its commitment to semi-annual updates about the lack of news related to book launches. Yes, for years you’ve depended on jzacharypike.com for unscientific progress bars glacially shifting towards completion. So it may shock you to learn that I have not one, but two, important announcements to make today, and neither of them can be expressed as a percentage.

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An Appreciation for Mike Shel’s Iconoclasts Trilogy

An image with covers of Aching God, Sin Eater, and Idols Fall

I have had the privilege of spending time in Mike Shel’s company. We spent a couple of days gaming, dining, and talking shop with a group of authors in Detroit at ConFusion a couple of years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Mike; he is a writer of classic D&D modules, a font of nerdy knowledge, and a genuinely pleasant person. If there is anything that I would say against him, it’s that he’s not very good at pitching books.

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The Dark Profit saga is an economically epic trilogy set on Arth, a world that's fantastic and familiar all at once. On Arth, professional heroes kill monsters for valuable loot, but it’s powerful corporations that reap the rewards.

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